Dwars door Vlaanderen 2017: Favourites

Dwars door Vlaanderen is the Tour of Flanders' little brother. Less hills, less cobbles. Yet, the field features strong men such as Niki Terpstra, Michael Matthews, Arnaud Démare , Fernando Gaviria, and title holder Jens Debusschere. Cyclingstage.com brings you the favourites for Dwars door Vlaanderen 2017.

The traditional start of the Flemish Cycling Week features an extra cobbles sector in the finale, in alle other aspect the race is played on on the same route as last year, when Jens Debusschere outsprinted a select peloton. Yet it could very well be Dwars door Vlaanderen will be won with a solo – Niki Terpstra did so twice in recent years. The favourites to win the race are either sprinters who feel at ease on an occasional climb or Classics riders. In theory attackers are favoured by the extra cobbles in the finale.

Competing riders Sylvain Chavanel (2008), Matti Breschel (2010), Niki Terpstra (2012, 2014), Oscar Gatto (2013), Jelle Wallays (2015) and Jens Debusschere (2016) know what it feels like to win Dwars door Vlaanderen.

Favourites Dwars door Vlaanderen 2017

*** Niki Terpstra, Arnaud Démare, Sep Vanmarcke, Fernando Gaviria, Michael Matthews
** Dylan Groenewegen, Lars Boom, Oliver Naesen, Sam Bennett, Sonny Colbrelli
* Caleb Ewan, Tiesj Benoot, Jens Debusschere, Dylan van Baarle, Jean-Pierre Drucker

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